Best way to report progress at fixed intervals

Slaunger Slaunger at
Wed Dec 10 00:24:28 CET 2008

On 10 Dec., 00:11, rdmur... at wrote:
> >>          # Monitoring loop.
> >>          loops = 0
> >>          # We're going to loop ten times per second using an integer count,
> >>          # so multiply the seconds parameter by 10 to give it the same
> >>          # magnitude.
> >>          intint = int(self.progress_interval*10)
> > Is this not an unnecessary complication?
> >>          # isAlive will be false after dowork returns
> >>          while worker.isAlive():
> >>              loops += 1
> >>              # Wait 0.1 seconds between checks so that we aren't chewing
> >>              # CPU in a spin loop.
> >>              time.sleep(0.1)
> > Why not just call this with progress_interval directly?
> Because then the program make take up to progress_interval seconds to
> complete even after all the work is done.  For a long running program
> and a short progress_interval that might not matter, so yes, that would
> be a reasonable simplification depending on your requirements.
Ah, OK. With my timer.cancel() statement in my original proposal I
avoided that.
> > OK. I agree this is a more elegant implementation, although I my mind,
> > I find it more natural if the reporting goes on in a subthread, but
> You could pretty easily rewrite it to put the reporter in the subthread,
> it was just more natural to _me_ to put the worker in the subthread,
> so that's how I coded it.  Note, however, that if you were to write a
> GUI front end it might be important to put the worker in the background
> because on some OSes it is hard to update GUI windows from anything
> other than the main thread.  (I ran into this in a Windows GUI ap I
> wrote using wxPython).
Ah, yes, you right. For GUIs this is often quite important. I don't do
much GUI, so This is not something I had strongly in mind.


-- Slaunger

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